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I'm a forty five yeared old woman, what are the affects of an assault on a woman with mental illness compared to a normal average woman?
It depends: The effects of a traumatic event (or any event) depend on the psychological meanings it holds for each individual person, based on his/her personal history and psychological makeup. If a current trauma stirs up feelings/memories connected with unresolved past traumas (consciously or unconsciously), we may well see a more extreme reaction than otherwise. There is no general answer. It all depends. ...Read more
Many: This question suggests that you may be in danger. If you are please seek appropriate help immediately. Features: the health, age & size of the victim, the method & location of assault, the body location of the battery, the force inflicted on the body. The reason for the assault, the mental status of the attacker. Head/neck injuries are the most significant followed by chest and abdominal trauma. ...Read more
Shame/guilt: Shame/guilt is just about the darkest emotion people can face. It presupposes that there's an audience to our alleged wrongdoings, and that devastating judgement will be passed. Something to remember is that everyone has something they feel ashamed about; it's inescapable. Find a reputable psychotherapist to speak with. Getting it off one's chest in a safe, nonjudgmental place is the first step. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unfortunately !: Yes. Mostly this is often unreported because of the sense of shame or threats from the perpetrator. Commonly, the victims know the assailant. Unreported assaults can cause severe psychologic damage ! ...Read more
See your doctor!: There are so many issues with sexual assault. Anyone who has been assaulted needs to be tested for std's. You can discuss with your doctor whether you want to have a full exam or pursue counseling. You should also consider filing charges with the police. Most people are scared and not sure what to do. If you are hurt, you should go to the er for care right away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Local ER: It is very important to have the courage and trust to go to your local emergency room as soon as possible to get the support and care necessary for your mental health as well as collecting evidence for your protection. ...Read more